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Independent Party of Delaware
ChairpersonDon Ayotte
SecretaryGlenn Miller
FoundedAugust 29, 2000; 19 years ago (2000-08-29)
HeadquartersGeorgetown, Delaware
Membership (August 1, 2017)5,696[1]
IdeologyFiscal conservatism Laissez-faire
Seats in the Senate
0 / 2
State Upper House Seats
0 / 21
State Lower House Seats
0 / 41
0 / 59

The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) is a political party in the State of Delaware, United States.[2][3] As of March 2016, it is the third largest political party in Delaware with 5,696 registered voters.[4] The party supports laissez-faire capitalism, limited government, and supports a clean and healthy environment. It was officially formed on August 29, 2000 to provide Delaware voters with an independent alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties. IPoD works to support independent candidates for public office by providing them with ballot access, distributing information to voters, and encouraging participation in candidate debates.

History[edit | edit source]

The Independent Party of Delaware was founded on August 29, 2000 by Floyd McDowell and Frank Sims. In 2000, the party ran Floyd Mcdowell Sr. for governor and he received 3,271 votes, making 1.1% of the total vote[5] [1]. In 2002 Maurice Barros, running for U.S. Senate, received 996 votes, for 0.4% of the total vote. In 2004, the party, along with the Libertarian Party, nominated Frank Infante for governor. Infante received 10,753 votes on the Independent Party line (2.9% of vote), and 1,450 votes (0.4%) on the Libertarian Party ballot line. In 2006, Karen M. Hartley-Nagle, running for Delaware's Senate seat, received 5,769 votes for 2.2% of the total vote. In 2004, the party gave its ballot line to the independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader; he received 2,152 votes for 0.6% of the total vote in Delaware [2] In 2008, the party again gave its ballot line to the independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader; he received 2,401 votes.In 2012, the party ran Alex Pires for the US Senate. He received 15,300 votes, or 3.83%. The party also ran 4 candidates for the state legislature. One candidate for State Senate, running in a district with no major party opposition, received 20.1% of the vote. In 2014, the party ran David Graham for attorney general of Delaware against Matthew P. Denn, Ted Kittila, Catherine Damavandi and John Machurek and he received 4,879 for 2.12% of the vote[6]. In 2016, the party endorsed Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump for President.[7]

Gubernatorial Election Results[edit | edit source]

2000 Floyd Mcdowell Sr. 3,271 1.1%[8]
2004 Frank Infante 12,203 2.9%[9]

Senate Election Results[edit | edit source]

2002 Maurice Barros 996 0.43%[10]
2006 Karen M. Hartley-Nagle 5,769 2.2%[11]
2010 Glenn Miller 8,201 2.67%[12]
2012 Alex Pires 15,300 3.83%[13]

Attorney General Election Results[edit | edit source]

2010 Doug Campbell 54,503 21.1%[14]
2014 David Graham 4,879 2.12%[15]

Platform[edit | edit source]

The preamble outlines the party's goals: "The Independent Party of Delaware is dedicated to reform of government at all levels in the Greater Public Interest through election of independent alternative candidates"[16]

Political positions[edit | edit source]

The Independent Party of Delaware supports laissez-faire capitalism, limited government and supports a clean and healthy environment.

Economic policies[edit | edit source]

The party`s plan for economic development includes fair and simplified taxation, decrease government spending, sustainable energy, business incubators and the elimination of unnecessary regulations.

Social issues[edit | edit source]

The Independent Party of Delaware supports the reconstruction of Delaware`s Family Court system.

Government Reform[edit | edit source]

The main issue of the Independent Party of Delaware is government reform as Delaware is 48th in public integrity[17]. The party supports term limits, the elimination of "Pet Projects", major revisions of the Delaware Public Integrity Code, lobbying control, public campaign financing, general elections for Delaware`s judiciary and other government reforms.

Crime[edit | edit source]

The party supports alternative sentencing for nonviolent crimes instead of expensive prison overcrowding and support the independence of the parole and pardoning process.

Environment[edit | edit source]

The Independent Party supports sustainable and renewable energy through free market means, improving Delaware`s water quality from being 90% impaired and preserving Delaware`s farms.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "State of Delaware Registered Voters" (PDF).
  2. Goss, Scott (August 9, 2018). "Ominous trend for Delaware GOP: The voter registration gap is widening". Delaware News Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. Pizzi, Jenna (March 25, 2016). "Independent enters the race for Wilmington mayor". The News Journal. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  4. "State of Delaware Elections System Party Tabulation of Registered Voters" (PDF).
  5. "State of Delaware 2000 Election Results".
  6. "State of Delaware 2014 State Election Results".
  7. "Del. independent party endorses Trump". WMDT.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. "State of Delaware 2000 Election Results".
  9. "State of Delaware 2004 Election Results".
  10. "State of Delaware 2002 Election Results".
  11. "State of Delaware 2006 Election Results".
  12. "State of Delaware 2008 General Election Results".
  13. "State of Delaware 2012 General Election Results".
  14. "State of Delaware 2010 Election Results".
  15. "State of Delaware 2014 Election Results".
  16. "2016 IPoD Preamble".
  17. "Delaware gets F grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation".

External links[edit | edit source]

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